Two members added to Alumni Association Board of Directors
May 19, 2014
Association at University of Wisconsin-Stout has named two board members and
said goodbye to nine others.
Additions to the
Board of Directors are Steve Hawkenson, a 1992 graduate in industrial
technology, and Doug Rohde, a 1989 graduate in hospitality and tourism
"Our board members
strive to create lasting bonds while building trusting relationships and a
strong connection among our alumni, students, faculty and university
community," Fox said.
Hawkenson is director of operations for Quality Tool, a
precision metal manufacturer in St. Paul. He brings to the board expertise in
manufacturing, strategic planning, sourcing, business process development,
vendor negotiations, multifacility management and Lean and Six Sigma continuous
"I am looking forward to continuing to promote the
university in professional settings and to give back by connecting with alumni
and current students. Our goal is to build upon UW-Stout's great reputation and
to encourage growth," Hawkenson said.
Rohde is president
and CEO of LHR Hospitality Management, which manages hotels, resorts and golf courses. The company, founded by Rohde, also has
development and consulting divisions and operates properties in six states
throughout the Upper Midwest.
Rohde previously was
vice president at Sunstone Hotel Properties, which has 70 hotels, and has
worked at Hilton, Marriott and Larken hotel corporations.
"I look forward to
offering my knowledge and life experiences to the Alumni Association and to
help continue building the successful path of mutual partnership with the
university and its 67,000 alumni," Rohde said.
Fox thanked nine
board members whose terms have expired after a total of 88 years of service:
- Jeff Baryenbruch, 10 years, president 2010-12
- Stephanie Brecke, nine years
- Pat Cosgrove, 14 years, president 2008-10
- Roy Emmons, 12 years
- Ken Frye, nine years
- Alison LaPoint, nine years, president 2012-14
- Nancy Murray, six years
- Sharon Nelson, nine years
- LaRue Pierce, 10 years
The Alumni Association is seeking interested alumni "who
reflect the values of UW-Stout" to fill vacancies on the board. Contact Fox.
Polytechnic University, has more than 9,300 students in 45 undergraduate majors
and 23 graduate majors, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout,
established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the
workplace, with an employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent
graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award in 2001.
left, outgoing Alumni Association board members include Ken Frye, Pat
Cosgrove, Sharon Nelsen, LaRue Pierce, Alison LaPoint and Jeff Baryenbruch.